Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Oklahoma City, OK

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FXUS64 KOUN 222014

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Norman OK
314 PM CDT Mon May 22 2017

The main concerns are rain/storm chances/potential tonight
into Tuesday.

Ongoing isolated to numerous light showers across central and
northern Oklahoma as of 3 pm should weaken in the next several
hours as isentropic lift around 700 mb weakens. This activity
will remain rather light. Some thunder may occur with this
activity, but do not think any strong or severe storms will
occur due to limited instability (MUCAPE mainly below 600 J/kg).

Severe thunderstorm potential now through tonight still appears
to be low with decreasing confidence. Cloud cover and rain have
limited instability in most locations north of a Mangum to
Seminole line. South of this line, some sun and daytime heating
have allow temperatures to rise into 70s. A few thunderstorms may
form near and this cloud shield line in the next several hours,
though this remains doubtful due to sufficient capping. Higher
chances for severe storms appear to occur over far eastern New
Mexico into west Texas late this afternoon where the air is more
unstable. This activity will continue to move east and southeast,
which may glance western north Texas and far southwestern Oklahoma
this evening if they can organize into a complex or two. If
severe storms occur, some severe hail and wind reports, mainly on
the lower end of severe spectrum (hail less than golf ball size
and winds under 70 mph), would be possible. No severe storms are
expected north of the line mentioned above due to limited

After midnight tonight into Tuesday morning, a cold front will
move south and through the area. A few lingering weak showers and
thunderstorms may occur across the area.

Tuesday afternoon, some clearing can be expected, though
temperatures will remain on the cool side for late May. Sufficient
daytime heating may allow for isolated to scattered showers and
weak thunderstorms to form in rather chilly unstable airmass. If
storms occur, no severe storms would be expected due to limited
instability (less than 500 J/kg), however small hail up to nickels
and gusty winds up to 50 mph could result.

Tuesday night through Thursday, dry weather is expected. Thursday
will be warmer (possibly much warmer) than Wednesday.

Friday through Memorial Day, a warm/hot humid airmass may evolve
across the southern Plains Friday through early Sunday, along for
some potential for severe thunderstorms/heavy rainfall. Most
models have been consistently depicting rather high amounts of
potential instability (MUCAPE 2000-5000 J/kg), high low level
moisture (surface dewpoints in the 60s to lower 70s), and
sufficient shear (0-6 km bulk shear 30-50 kt) for severe storms
with heavy rain late Friday through early Sunday. Capping may be
strong and limit storm development. For now, kept low chances for
storms across the area Friday night into Sunday. Have low
confidence in severe storm and heavy rainfall potential during
this time frame. Slightly cooler and drier conditions may occur
with the passage of a weak cold front Sunday into Memorial Day.



Oklahoma City OK  55  70  48  73 /  40  20  10   0
Hobart OK         53  70  47  79 /  40  20   0   0
Wichita Falls TX  59  72  51  79 /  50  40   0   0
Gage OK           50  68  43  76 /  40  20  10   0
Ponca City OK     53  69  47  70 /  30  20  10   0
Durant OK         58  70  51  74 /  40  40  10   0




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